Ireland: Language gap is latest threat to jobs

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Tue Apr 20 21:34:52 UTC 2010

Irish Times


Language gap is latest threat to jobs


Uunusually for Morning Ireland these days, the news was good. It was the beginning of March and managing director of HP Ireland, Martin Murphy, was being interviewed about 60 new jobs created by his company. He explained that the jobs would require candidates to speak at least one of a variety of European languages. "No Irish need apply then," quipped the interviewer.


The remark may have been flippant, but it held more than a kernel of truth. A large proportion of the jobs offered by multinational companies over the past 12 months have involved a language requirement. While companies have little trouble filling these roles, thanks to Ireland's recently cosmopolitan population, indigenous Irish applicants often do not appear to be measuring up.


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